Brick Council Set to Vote On Clerk's Position Again

Reappointment of Lynnette Iannarone on council agenda

Brick Township council members are, again, poised to vote on appointing a township clerk for the next three years.

Two weeks after an attempt to appoint former Democratic township council member Kathy Russell failed, the council will vote to reappoint current clerk Lynnette Iannarone, a copy of the May 21 council meeting agenda shows.

Iannarone has worked in the clerk's office for 17 years and has served as clerk since 2010, following the retirement of Virginia Lampman. Her initial term ends June 30, but if she is reappointed she will gain tenure in the clerk's position, meaning she could only lose her job for cause.

At the May 7 council meeting, Councilman Jim Fozman began the meeting by suddenly making a motion to appoint Russell to the post. The motion gained support from council members John Ducey and Susan Lydecker, but the governing body's fourth Democrat, Council President Bob Moore, said Iannarone was doing well in the position and should keep her job.

With Councilman Dan Toth, a Republican, absent from the meeting, the vote ended in a 3-3 tie – both council members Joseph Sangiovanni and Domenick Brando opposed the motion – and failed.

Toth, along with Brando and Sangiovanni, has signaled his support of keeping Iannarone in the clerk's position.

J.JONES May 21, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Johnny Fullbright May 21, 2013 at 11:32 PM
I am a life long Dem and did vote for the Dem ticket. Can tell you this, if Ducey and the rest vote for this old hack to replace almost a 20 yr employee they will have heck to pay next time out. I will do eveything in my power to give them a bad name.
Harry May 21, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Nancy no grace May 22, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Can anyone on here including the hard core Democrat Ducey/Fozman followers tell me that Kathy Russel is more qualified that Iannorone for the clearks position?
Alaina May 22, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Lynnette has been reappointed!! Thank you council for doing the right thing. Thank for saving us money. I'm still trying to figure out Ducey's math...how would adding another 80,000 position save the residents money??? He said appointing Kathy Russell or someone else would save 1 million dollars over the next 10 years. How about they do what the Mayor suggested. The council should give back their benefits and pay, that would save us 1.75 million over ten years. An additional $750,000! Congrats Lynnette on a well deserved reappointment.
forthekids May 22, 2013 at 12:59 AM
It's a shame Mrs. Iannarone is caught in the middle of our greedy dirty politicians. It seems she is more then qualified and has done an outstanding job during her time with the Twp. Now all the R's are crying, leave politics out of it, etc, Who hired Juan Bellu and gave him a 50 k raise?? 150k for a no show job, but then again he got mayor Acropolis a no show job at TRMUA, who fired the longtime director of rec. and replaced her with his high school buddy?? How quick we forget.Mrs. Iannarone deserves to keep her job because she is excellent at performing it and obviously is extremely qualified. It's unfortunate the same can not be said for our mayor, town council, town attorney, town business administrator, town assistant ba, recreation director, MUA leeches, the list goes on and on. Dirty, slimy, back room politics as usual in Brick, The PIGS continue to feed from the trough. Both parties need to be skinned and gutted. We need to go back to way we used to run this town, when the people in charge actually worked for the taxpayers, not their friends and family club. Good luck Mrs. Iannarone you deserve to stay.
Clem Farraday May 22, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Heard a certain Democrat councilmans wife went ballistic tonight and is mad as heck! I guess Lynette kept her job?
Chief Wahoo May 22, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Vera got outplayed. If she had 5 husbands this never would have happened.
TaxPayer May 22, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Acropolis protected another one of his $100,000 plus cronies, and the taxpayers get screwed. Lynette will be guarenteed her job for the rest of her life- with raises- can't be fired, can't be replaced, she has tenure. Politics at its worst. No one deserves life time tenure at $150,000 in salary and benefits- no wonder our taxes are so high!
TaxPayer May 22, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Mfs. Iannorone is part of the dirty greedy system. She is playing the political game and got her payoff- $150,000 of tax payer money plus raises for as long as she wants to take it. Thank Acropolis for this million dollar handout to the clerk. dirty politics indeed. wonder what she promised the mayor?
TaxPayer May 22, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Thank you council for spending over $100,000 a year on a clerk for life without even considering other alternatives. afterall, it's only tax money. wonder what she promised to do for you?
TaxPayer May 22, 2013 at 02:47 AM
hard working? Please, for $150,000 a year, she still wanted comp time when she was asked to work on a Saturday. Only in government would an overpaid bureaucrat believe that just being there for a long time entitles you to lifetime tenure and automatic raises. The Republicans care NOTHING for the taxpayers or the regular workers- only their overpaid cronies that do their bidding!
TaxPayer May 22, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Most public employees do not get tenure. the clerk is "special". Acropolis and his republican friends took care of her.
TaxPayer May 22, 2013 at 02:51 AM
She has played the political game and not done her job. And no one deserves the sort of money she gets guaranteed for the rest of the life- it's not right.
Jasper Crane May 22, 2013 at 02:53 AM
TAXPAYER AKA VERA, Give it a rest now ok? You have gone off the reservation......LMAO AT YOU
TaxPayer May 22, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Once again the Mayor has looked after his own at the expense of the taxpayers. Eight administrators in town hall making over $100,000 dollars- no wonder he raised taxes 27% and tried to lay off public works!
J.JONES May 22, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Vera she isn't making $150,000.00 ..she makes $90,000.00. and she has the experience to continue in the position. .Not a 65 year old who needs to 3 years to pad her pension...and a friend of the democrats...She to would be part of the one term wonders...
Gladys May 22, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Come on now Mr and Mrs Fozman get a grip. Now you seem pathetic.
J.JONES May 22, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Vera how did you place so many comments and still have time to tell hubby what to say during council meeting tonight ..??
Gladys May 22, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Vera, Oh Lord relax will ya?
TaxPayer May 22, 2013 at 03:29 AM
It's easy, I'm not Vera. Guess again.
TaxPayer May 22, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Wrong Wrong Wrong. Check out Data Universe www.app.com Then add in pension and benefits. Get your facts straight.
Alaina May 22, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Yes 'TaxPayer' the reappointment of the current clerk did save the residents money. If the vote went the way Ducey, Fozman and Lydecker wanted we would have another position paying 80,000 and Lynnette would have been moved to another position in the clerks office. How does adding 80,000 save us money? How does having a 3 year clerk position at an additional 80,000 save us money? A 3 year turn over? Oh that's gotta equal tax savings...NOT! It would take a new clerk 3 years before he or she would know the job or possibly more. And for the record, I haven't been promised anything.
TaxPayer May 22, 2013 at 03:55 AM
"Funny" Republican math, where paying someone more saves taxpayer's money. How about not backfilling a position and putting Lynette there? Or do you think we should give Lynette even more money so we can save even more?
Alaina May 22, 2013 at 03:58 AM
And to those who don't understand what tenure means...someone who has a tenured position can still be fired, just not terminated for no cause. Further more do you honestly think the current clerk is going to work until she is 105 or something? Get real!
Alaina May 22, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Republican math...funny...thought Ducey, Lydecker and Fozman were Democrats? Was it not Ducey who said Lynnette would not be unemployed if someone else was appointed to the clerk position that she would take another position in that office? It's over, the current clerk has been reappointed, no need to hash this out any further. The right decision was made. Brando for Mayor! Good night!
Richard Russell May 22, 2013 at 04:06 AM
TaxPayer, so when they were talking about paying Kathy Russell $80,000, they really meant $30,000, + $50,000 in pension and benefits?????? What is the exact breakdown of Lynnette's pension contributions vs the Townships and the exact amount her benefits cost to her, plus her health benefits contribution? I hardly think its $60,000, but since you know the facts.......what is the exact number?
Richard Russell May 22, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Maybe the amount of lawsuits the town will have for having an inexperienced clerk every 3 years...,. if they don't allow tenure for anyone, which is statutorily required if someone is appointed to a 2nd term. Or the fact that you are just adding a salary to a dept. and if you are so knowledgeable.... you may want to spell her name right...
TaxPayer May 22, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Republican math- paying someone over $150,000 in salary and benefits saves money. Someone could have been hired for less, and Lynette moved to a vacant position- not unemployed, just not overpaid and entitiled to life time employment. and firing a tenured clerk is virtually impossible unless you can prove she committed a felony or other gross misconduct. Good night.
Alaina May 22, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Dem math...you just said it yourself. Create another job, pay someone else benefits, a pension, etc. The lifetime you speak of is 7 to 13 year - meaning the current clerks retires after working for 25 or 30 years. She has already been there for 17. Do some research on the cost of turnover. How much would it cost to reappoint a new clerk every 3 years? Good morning, wake up and smell the coffee!


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